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Z Lager - The Fort Collins Brewery

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80
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312 Ratings
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.28%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Crosling on 12-06-2003)
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Ratings: 312 | Reviews: 215 | Display Reviews Only:
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crobinso

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

01-12-2013 02:32:40 | More by crobinso
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iemailjack

Florida

3/5  rDev -15%

01-08-2013 03:11:33 | More by iemailjack
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Tozac

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

01-05-2013 09:53:28 | More by Tozac
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ScorpyX

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

12-27-2012 07:56:37 | More by ScorpyX
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems that some of the smoked beers I've had the last few days here in Colorado were flirting with being a rauchbier, and I think some of the were closer to it than this. I think it really should simply be classified as it is labled, a smoked amber lager, not a rauchbier.

As a rachbier, it falls flat as it is not nearly aromatic enough, but if not constrained to that style, it is quite good.

It's very pretty in the glass. The aroma is not that of a rauchbier, so a huge ding. But the taste is great, and the mouthfeel is too. Another great Colorado beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 03:48:38 | More by schoolboy
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Stwinchy

Colorado

3/5  rDev -15%

12-11-2012 01:06:22 | More by Stwinchy
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kb2250

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

12-02-2012 18:59:56 | More by kb2250
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ironwill54


2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

11-28-2012 21:52:58 | More by ironwill54
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andrewkgray91

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

11-25-2012 03:09:33 | More by andrewkgray91
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

11-19-2012 02:31:21 | More by t0rin0
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vipergtsr171


4/5  rDev +13.3%

11-13-2012 03:27:48 | More by vipergtsr171
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

11-12-2012 23:50:22 | More by IPAchris
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

11-09-2012 14:59:12 | More by tbone1384
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MichaelProcton

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

11-04-2012 03:57:26 | More by MichaelProcton
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chasmandocharles

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13.3%

11-02-2012 21:43:56 | More by chasmandocharles
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WDJersey

Colorado

4/5  rDev +13.3%

10-27-2012 20:49:10 | More by WDJersey
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tjk0207

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

10-23-2012 00:06:59 | More by tjk0207
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with maybe one finger of fluffy off-white head that leaves decent retention.

The scent is that of smokey malts, caramel, and some spice notes.

The taste is of slight sweet, smokey malt, some notes of earthy hops, and some caramel.

Light bodied, smooth and crisp, moderate carbonation.

I thought this was a nice, more mild version of the style, the smokiness isn't so dominant that you don't have a difficult time tasting what else is here.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 18:43:01 | More by BeerCon5
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bzach

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

10-16-2012 09:03:00 | More by bzach
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jmo2k1


4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

10-14-2012 19:08:45 | More by jmo2k1
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

4/5  rDev +13.3%

09-19-2012 16:23:08 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Fort Collins Brewing's Z Lager last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. It's been a while since I've have a Raunchbier, and I have never seen or heard of this beer, so I thought I would give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but the store just got it in so I assume it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice and it's pretty well done, it also sticks out a little. It poured a nice amber color that took some burnt orange color when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded to nothing and left hardly any lacing. This was a pretty average looking Amber Ale, the color was ok but the head and lacing were disappointing.

S- The aroma starts off with a lighter amount of medium smoke that impart a very woody aroma that resembles a campfire, after that comes the malts which have a higher amount of medium sweetness to them and impart some grainy, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, toasted malts and a light amount of coffee. Towards the end I get a light amount of citrus hops that add some nice complexity. The aroma is nice, but I feel like the smokey aromas don't blend that well with the dark fruit aromas.

T- The taste is a little similar to the aroma and it starts off with some medium sweet malts that impart some nice toasted, grainy, caramel malts, and slightly nutty flavors. Up next comes the Smoke which is on the lighter side but still noticeable and imparts a nice smokey and woody aroma. On the finish there is a light amount earthy hops that give this beer a lighter amount of bitterness, and a toasted malt and lightly smokey aftertaste. I liked the taste of this beer, it was nice and balanced, but the smoked didn't shine through as much as I would have liked.

M- Smooth, dry, on the light side of being medium bodied, with a higher amount of medium carbonation that made it a little prickly. The mouthfeel is ok, but the higher amount of carbonation makes it pretty average.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer, not true to style enough to be called a Rauchbier, but for an Amber Ale I would say it was a little above average. This beer was pretty drinkable, it was really smooth, and the flavor did an ok job at holding my attention, I could drink two of these but I think that would be my limit. What I liked most about this beer was the flavor and aroma, they were the highlights of this beer and were both pretty balanced. What I liked least about this beer was the lightness of the smoke and the higher carbonation, I needed more smoke and less carbonation. I would be buy this beer again when looking for a lightly smokey beer, but I wouldn't buy it often, I recommend giving this beer a try, it might make for a good gateway Rauchbier. All in all this was a lightly smokey amber, what it lacked in intensity it made up for in drinkability. This was the second beer I have had from this brewery and it was better then their Chocolate stout, I thought it was a pretty solid beer and I wouldn't mind trying some more beers from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 03:49:51 | More by StoutHunter
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DruC4

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

09-12-2012 21:42:53 | More by DruC4
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michisrad

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

09-11-2012 21:56:31 | More by michisrad
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +13.3%

09-11-2012 04:03:52 | More by MarkyMOD
Z Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.